My MX-5 … CravenSpeed Stubby Antenna

The first aftermarket tweak was a small one – financially and literally – but a satisfying one from an aesthetic perspective.

The OEM antenna is a longer, whippy kind of thing that is honestly not the most attractive hanging off the back of your shiny new MX-5. But have no fear, for just $25 from Amazon you can grab a sweet little replacement – the CravenSpeed Stubby antenna replacement.

As I posted in the MX-5 Miata Forum, I could not be more pleased.

For my first mod I kept it simple, but it’s apparently one that has created much conversation. I replaced the OEM antenna with a CravenSpeed Stubby. My take is …

1. Installation and Fit – took less than a minute to remove OEM and install the Stubby, and the fit was perfect. Looks like it was made for my MX-5.
2. Aesthetics – in my opinion it is a no-brainer. The Stubby dramatically improves the look.
3. Reception – this seems to be where the conversations swing wildly, but I went for a nice drive after installing the Stubby, and reception was every bit as good as the OEM antenna. I switched between a half-dozen FM stations during a drive that took me up on hilltops and down in valleys, and not once did my reception waiver. I’m in the suburbs of Harrisburg, PA and every station I typically listen to was clear with no degradation in reception

Bottom line is I could not be happier with the choice. Easy installation with perfect fit, a dramatic improvement in the look of my MX-5, and no difference in FM reception quality.

Stay tuned and check back often as I have a few more aftermarket tweaks coming, and I’ll be writing about them here as they are completed.

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